Legal Alert: NS Introduces Cyber-safety Act
April 25, 2013
Note: The Act came fully into effect in September 2013. Click here to read McInnes Cooper’s February 12, 2014 Legal Alert: First Decision Under NS Cyber-Safety Act.
On April 25, 2013, the NS Government tabled Bill 61: Cyber-safety Act. Key aspects of the Act include:
- Protective Orders. The Act would permit protective orders in cyberbullying cases, including when the alleged perpetrator’s identity is not known.
- New Tort. The Act would create a new civil cause of action (a tort) of cyberbullying.
- Parents’ Liability. The Act would impose joint and several liability on the parents when a minor is found liable for the new cyberbullying tort unless they can prove they exercised reasonable supervision.
- Prevention Orders. The Act would create cyberbullying prevention orders under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.
If passed, the Act will raise concerns regarding coverage under a homeowner’s policy.
Click here to read Bill 61: Cyber-safety Act.
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